Isa. 9:6-7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
Jesus’ counsel always begins with you. He never taught plans for success or even methods for overcoming. His teaching is Counsel. It isn’t academic. It’s parental and it’s authoritative.
Rev. 3:15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.
Rev. 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth.
Rev. 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and dont know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked;
Rev. 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.
Rev. 3:19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev. 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.
The target of His counsel is always your relationship with God.
John 21:22 Jesus said to him, If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!
Jesus never assumed that you were able to succeed by following a plan. He knew that the source of your troubles wasn’t the lack of a plan, but the lack of communion with God. You needed The Counselor not another teacher.
Here is essentially the difference between teaching and true counsel. The goal of teaching is learning, but the goal of counsel is doing. When a teacher is finished teaching you will have learned. But when a counselor is finished counseling you will have succeeded.
Prov. 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
Prov. 19:21 There are many devices in a mans heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
The counsels of man are based on the idea that there are many ways of doing things. They are observations and opinions, at best. But the counsel of God is based in His own perfect will. He is Designer-Creator and has the power to bring all his counsel to pass. Therefore His counsels never change.
Heb. 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promisethe immutability (unchangeableness) of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
God cannot be persuaded of a better way. This is why Jesus is the great Counselor. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. He is the Counsel of God to you.
Avoiding Jesus The Counselor is to succeed for a moment at the expense of eternity. It is foolish to encourage yourself in your own plans (apart from God), just because the worst hasn’t happened yet.
Here is an example of Jesus The Counselor in action …
Luke 6:39 And He also spoke a parable to them: A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?
Luke 6:40 A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.
Luke 6:41 And why do you look at the speck that is in your brothers eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Luke 6:42 Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brothers eye.
Luke 6:43 For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit; nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit.
Luke 6:44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.
Luke 6:45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
Luke 6:46 And why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?
Luke 6:47 Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like:
Luke 6:48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
Luke 6:49 But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.
Here Jesus masterfully uses 4 dramatic illustrations to drive home His essential counsel to man .
1. Blind counselors will lead blind followers into the pit.
Is a blind counselor validating your life? Either a parent, relative, friend or perhaps a movie character or a personality you’ve pieced together from a composite of characters.
2. You cannot avoid becoming like the one whose counsel you follow.
With a blind counselor as your teacher you cannot avoid becoming blind.
3. Helping others begins with being helped.
Why follow the counsel of hypocrites who are blind to their own faults and don’t follow their own counsel?
4. Goodness is determined by the content of your heart.
To DO good you must BE good. The counsel of men will never change what you do or produce. Those changes must come from within you. To change yourDoing you must change your Being.
In summation, Jesus The Counselor is saying to us, when it comes to forming a basis for the actions of your life, there is no foundation in the counsels of men. Their wisdom is surface sand, because they simply offer observations and opinions about a life they haven’t mastered. Building on their advice is a gamble at best. Notice in His Parable, that Jesus wasn’t saying to find a place to go where there is no shifting sands.Instead He indicates that the solid foundation is to be found by digging down below the surface soil and striking your footing on the rock beneath. For there is a foundation under your feet, but you’ll have to dig for it. You’ll have to remove the shifting sands of worldly advice in order to get down to the Rock of your life, Jesus The Counselor.
Psa. 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
Psa. 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psa. 1:3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Tomorrow we will look at another of the 5 descriptive names that God said Jesus would be known as. Until then …
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